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How did Hitler's foreign policy from 1933 to 1939 lead to war?

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mikedinapoli | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted May 5, 2012 at 3:55 PM via web

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How did Hitler's foreign policy from 1933 to 1939 lead to war?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 5, 2012 at 4:01 PM (Answer #1)

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Hitler's foreign policy led to war by being so aggressive that eventually the French and British could no longer ignore the fact that Hitler was trying to gain a dominant position in Europe.

Hitler's foreign policy was one of expansion.  He used the idea that the Treaty of Versailles was unfair to Germans as a pretext for this expansion.  He used it (along with the idea of self-determination for all ethnic groups) to justify the Anschlusswith Austria.  He used it to demand that the Sudetenland be given to Germany.  He then used it to demand and get all of the rest of Czechoslovakia.  When he finally used this rationale to invade Poland, the war started.

Hitler, then, followed a very aggressive and expansionist foreign policy.  This eventually led the French and British to be alarmed enough to declare war.

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